September is a great time to visit and travel across Manitoba as the leaves are just starting to turn amber and gold, and there is still a lot of fun summer activities to try.
Listed below are just 50 of the many things to do during September in Manitoba.
Free Parks Admission
Enjoy free entry to provincial parks to mark the Labour Day long weekend. Park vehicle permits are not required in provincial parks from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Regular camping fees still apply. Details
1. St Jean ATV Derby
St Jean ATV Derby is Canada’s largest ATV Derby and covers 40 kilometers in length located along the scenic Red River. Enjoy live bands, great food, concession and a beer garden during this event. — September 20 – 21, 2019
2. Opikihiwawin Pow Wow
Come out and celebrate the last days of summer at the Opikihiwawin New Directions 15th Annual Pow Wow. This all day event takes place at Camp Amisk which is a 30 minute drive from Winnipeg. – September 14, 2019
3. Teulon Pumpkinfest
The Teulon Pumpkinfest is the town’s iconic autumn celebration. The town also boasts as one of the most competitive largest Pumpkin competitions in the Interlake. In addition to carving competitions, visitors can enjoy delicious pancake breakfast, children’s activities, demonstrations, a vendor market, food, live music, dog show and more! – September 21, 2019
4. Louise Road Rally
Catch the action at the 2nd annual Louise Road Rally on September 28th.
5. Prairie Pioneer Days
Prairie Pioneer Days is a fall festival filled with fun and games, food stands, ribfest, craft fair, entertainment, Enduro race, wine and beer tasting, bands, fireworks and a grand parade. — September 7 – 8, 2019
6. Trek the Crow Wing Trail
This 191 km long trail, the longest section of the Trans Canada Trail in Manitoba, connects Emerson to Winnipeg through the municipalities of Emerson, Franklin, De Salaberry, St-Pierre-Jolys, Niverville, Ritchot and the Roseau River First Nation. The Crow Wing Trail offers unlimited opportunities for nature lovers, birders, artists, historians, photographers, cyclists and explorers.
7. Enjoy a Dinner Theatre
Welcome to the town of Elmore where dancing is illegal all but one day a year. And that day is here! – Footsloose: New Town, New Dance on August 30 – November 10, 2019
8. Water Lantern Festival
Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event where friends and family gather to launch lighted lanterns onto the water. — September 14, 2019
9. Camp at the Delta Beach
Located on the south most rim of Lake Manitoba, the Delta Beach is a popular destination for day trippers as well as campers. Lake Manitoba is Canada’s thirteenth largest lake and the world’s 33rd largest freshwater lake. The campsites have been recently refurbished and the amenities updated, so this is a great time to go camping.
10. See an Exhibit
Spend a day viewing the Inuit art work reflecting traditional life and way of the North. These works of art span from 1960–2005 and are carved from natural stone extracted from stone throughout the Arctic. Carving Out a Tradition will be on display until Winter 2020.
11. Honey Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival
Get a “Taste of the Pembina Valley” at the Honey Garlic & Maple Syrup Festival. Enjoy Pancake Breakfast, Craft Show and Sale, Farmer’s Market, Display Booths, Honey, Garlic & Maple Syrup Vendors, Free Stage Entertainment, Cooking Demos, Historic Town Tours, Gourmet Alley, Beverage Gardens, all topped off with a delicious Buffet Supper. – September 6 – 7, 2019
12. Hear Hit After Hit songs
George Canyon with guests Doc Walker and Charlie Major will be in Winnipeg on September 12th as part of his Hit After Hit tour. Can’t make it on September 12th? You can catch the show in Prairie la Prairie on September 13th.
13. Hike the Millennium Trail
The Millennium Trail is a 15 km loop around the City of Thompson and is open to hike or bike or mountain bike during the summer months. This trail will take you along boreal forests in addition to giving you a flavour of the city. As you walk along the city’s sidewalks and walking paths see what the City has to offer.
14. Manitoba Open Farm Day
Across the province with participating farms, the Manitoba Open Farm Day allows you to get a first-hand look at the life of a farmer. Meet local farmers, learn about their lives, see demonstrations, and enjoy farm activates. – September 15, 2019
15. Attend the Banjo Bowl
Watch the Winnipeg BlueBombers go head to head with the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the annual Banjo Bowl. – September 7, 2019
16. StarDust Drive-In & Campground
Watch movies on the Big Screen under the stars. The Stardust Drive-in Theatre operates Friday-Sundays from July – September. Located next to the theatre is a campground with 14 full service campsites. If you get here on a long weekend, you are in for a treat because Sundays of each long weekend is a triple feature night!
17. Thin Air
Meet writers from around the world and across the country during the annual Winnipeg International Writers Festival on September 20 – 28, 2019.
Downtown Winnipeg’s biggest street festival takes place during September 6 – 8, 2019. The ManyFest is a fun family festival that is enjoyed by more than 75,000 people every year. Take part in the Winnipeg 10 & 10 Race, MevaFest, taste delicious food from a bevy of local food trucks, enjoy midway rides, watch movies in the outdoor, live entertainment and music and more.
19. See World’s Largest Coca-Cola Can
Visit Portage la Prairie to catch a glimpse of the World’s Largest Coca-Cola Can. This towering structure is located on the southwest corner of the parking lot at CanadInns Hotel. First constructed as a water tower by Manitoba Iron Works Limited in 1905 ion Winnipeg, this 85-foot (26-metre) structure was relocated to its present site and later re-branded by Coca Cola.
20. Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals Weekend
Calling all geology lovers! The Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals Weekend is September 14 – 15. See unique rocks and fossils from all around the world, and try your hand at gold panning or a fossil dig.
21. Visit Pembina Threshermen’s Museum
There’s just so many great reasons to visit the PTM … including the historic village with its antique tractors, early 1900s steam engines and an amazing Corn Maze (August – September). Enjoy acres of old-fashioned fun and adventure here. Free admission on September 28, 2019.
22. We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You will rock you as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts. It features Queen’s biggest hit songs including: We Are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock You. — September 3 – 8, 2019
23. Kleefeld Honey Festival
This small town festival starts with a movie night on Friday. The next day with a pancake breakfast followed by the 5 km Kleefeld Honey Run. The other events include the parade, perogy and farmer sausage lunch, baseball tournament, archery, Highland games tournament, kids activities and various entertainment. – August 30 – September 1, 2019
24. Run for the Hills
Treherne Marathon is considered to be one of the toughest 5k & 10k run on the prairies which takes you to the beautiful and scenic Eastern-most edge of the Tiger Hills. — September 29, 2019
Celebrate 40 years of UB40 at Burton Cummings Theatre. — September 13, 2019
26. Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival
Paddles Up! Paddle the BIG BOATS and help more Manitoba Kids Survive Cancer during the Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival taking place at the Forks. September 6 – 8, 2019
27. Pink Martini
Go on a musical ride around the world with the Pink Martini on September 20 and 21.
28. BeachScape Harvest Festival
This one of a kind festival raises funds to make participation in the arts available to all. Experience live performances, show off your art or craft and more. – September 7, 2019
29. Food Truck Warz
With 26 food trucks from all over Manitoba, this food truck war is sure to appeal to the foodie in you. Taking place at the Princess Park in Downtown Brandon, the food truck warz also features midway rides, beer gardens, face painting, live DJs and lots of fun. — September 13 – 15, 2019
30. See an Art Show
31. Enjoy the night sky
Would you like to take a guided hike through the Riding Mountain National Park at night? Attend a night sky photography workshop, hear Indigenous stories of the sky, participate in stellar activities, and more. — August 30 – September 1, 2019
32. Manitoba Fibre Festival
The Manitoba Fibre Festival is a unique gathering of all things fibre related, including vendors, workshops, demonstrations and a curated fibre art show. – September 13 and 14, 2019
33. Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna
Journey to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. This show by Cirque du Soleil features a cast that comprises mostly women, with a 100% female band. – September 14 – October 20, 2019
34. Migration Festival
35. Visit the Daylily Gardens
Beausejour Daylily Gardens is a two-acre Park recognized as the only official American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) display garden on the Canadian prairies. See modern daylilies, peonies, iris as well the newest Manitoba hardy shrubs and fruit trees.
36. See Stingray Beach
Stingray Beach is an aquatic exhibit housed in a shallow 1,300 square foot pool where visitors will get the opportunity to touch the stingrays. An optional feeding experience will be offered three times daily for an additional cost. On until September 30, 2019
37. Spend a Lazy Labour Day
Sit back, relax and unwind onboard the Prairie Dog Central on Labour day. Lose yourself in the open prairies as we travel to the rural community of Grosse Isle. During the stopover take a walk through our 1882 steam locomotive as the Engineer and Fireman prepare the engine for the return trip. Take a stroll through the beautifully restored Heritage House and East Rosser School before taking a moment in the Church. – September 2, 2019
38. Have a Wood Fired Pizza
If you are visiting Steincbach, head to Chinos Bistro at the Sunshine Greenhouse to try their Wood Fired Pizza. These are made from scratch in house from the sauces to the pizza dough.
39. Attend an Agricultural Festival
Taking place each in September each year in Beausejour is the Double B Agricultural Festival. The festival features a saloon, antique tractors, huge fireworks display, mutton busting, pony rides, pancake breakfast, and a barn dance with live entertainment and parade on Saturday morning! – September 6 – 8, 2019
40. Harvest Moon Festival
Now in its 18th year, the annual Harvest Moon Festival features wonderful music, delicious locally-sourced food, educational workshops, Fair Trade Fair and Farmer’s Market, and mini Kid’s Festival too! – September 13 – 15, 2019
41. No Change in the Weather
No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs, and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters, and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on his head, all working together to create a once in a lifetime theatre experience. — September 11 – 14, 2019
42. 4P Festival
Celebrate September long weekend at Powerview-Pine Falls. 4P stands for power, pickerel, paper and peas. Enjoy the local Francophone culture with the pea soup contest, pickerel fry and slo-pitch and chainsaw carving competition. Other activities include baseball tournament, lego sculpture contest, fireworks, family fishing derby and a Manitoba social. — August 29 – September 2, 2019
43. Celebrate Culture
Celebrated across the province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Culture Days will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities. – September 27 – 28, 2019
Taking place every Saturday of the Culture Days weekend from dusk to dawn is Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art. – September 28, 2019
44. Feast at the Farmer’s Table
Come Sit at Our Table and join the gourmet outdoor dinner event, held under the canopies of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Famed local-vore Chef Ben Kramer creates 5 gourmet courses made with all local Manitoba products. Each course highlights a farmer, who will tell their stories as the courses are served. — September 5, 2019
45. Hear Mozart & Brahms
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be in Brandon on September 29th. Conducted by Daniel Raiskin, the Orcestra will play Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 as well as Mozart’s most famous piano concertos. — September 29, 2019
46. Asham Stomperfest
Be a part of a festival that brings people together for a fun-filled weekend of camping and entertainment September Long Weekend in Reedy Creek/Kinosota, Manitoba! Featuring the Asham Stompers and Sagkeeng’s Finest, live music, World Jigging Championships, entertainment, activities for the Whole Family, food, shopping, fireworks and More! – August 30 – September 1, 2019
47. Dawson Trail Days
Named after the historic Dawson Trail that crosses the village of Ste. Anne, Dawson Trail Days are held on the September long weekend. The three-day festival features baseball, a parade, music and dancing, kids’ zone, youth talent competition and fireworks. — August 30 to September 1, 2019
48. Up Close and Alone
Burton Cummings is coming to Brandon as part of his Up Close and Alone Tour. His voice is considered to be one of the finest in rock music, and he has continued to uphold this impressive reputation as performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist. — September 30, 2019
49. Visit Gimli Glider Exhibit
Be educated, enlighted and entertained at the Gimli Glider Exhibit. The exhibit tells the unique story of Canadian aviation history and has several displays and memorablias. On display are parts of Guan 604, a large commerical passenger airliner which took its place in history on account of skilled landing with no fuel.
Celebrate women during Sarasvati Productions’ annual FemFest. The festival will showcase talent from across the country, as well as celebrate local playwrights and emerging talent. This year’s line-up is filled with diverse and unique performances, workshops, readings and a cabaret. There is something for everyone! – September 14 – 21, 2019
51. Light the Night Winnipeg
Light The Night Walk celebrates and honours cancer survivors, acts as a memorial to those facing a loss and gives hope and healing to those still fighting. This is an unforgettable evening filled with music, food and family fun. — September 28, 2019